Melina Duterte, better known as Jay Som, is Bay Area’s bedroom pop princess. She got her start during the age old MySpace days by sharing extremely personal songs onto her social media profile in middle school. After cycling through many different monikers, Duterte settled on the pseudonym Jay Som.

In 2016 Jay Som released the songs that would make up Turn Into on her bandcamp. She then went on to release her official debut, Everybody Works, in March of 2017. There were two songs she decided weren’t a good fit for the album, and instead chose to release the tracks as a split 7 inch in late January 2018. The A side of the split is her guitar-pop driven track, “Pirouette.”

“Pirouette” is a dizzying, glittery guitar focused track that encompasses the intricacies of Jay Som’s delicate moods and musings of them. Although “Pirouette” has upbeat synths and feathery guitar parts, the lyrics divulge a different, contemplative side of the story.

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